Special Reports Personal Collection:
Norris Carden's (www.nuzman.com) e-mail collection of Drudge's Special Reports (5/31/1997 - 1/17/2001.)
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For security reasons the Secret Service monitors, via closed circuit
television, most areas of the White House, including the Oval Office.
President Clinton was somewhat reminded of this... recently.
The rest of them are freaking out.
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LEWINSKY LAWYER: STARR HAS TOLD US THAT HE HAS 'NO INTENTION OF INDICTING'
Monica Lewinsky's Washington-based attorney Nathan Speights tells Sue
Schmidt in Thursday's WASHINGTON POST that Starr has indicted to him that
Starr will not indict his client for perjury.
"He has told us on more than one occasion that he has no intention of
indicting her," he tells the paper. "And I don't know how he would do... No
one is going to stand for somebody being indicted for having a sexual
relationship with the president."
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INTERNET CONFESSION: MAN TELLS HOW HE LET DAUGHTER BURN TO DEATH!
Amy Harmon of the NEW YORK TIMES reports the biggest story of her newspaper
career Thursday in a Page One shock exclusive: A man is arrested after
confessing to an Internet support group that he murdered his daughter -- but
only after dozens of participants in the online discussion not only failed
to report his confession to authorities, but indeed came to his defense and
attempted to rationalize what he had done.
The Century End American Nightmare started to unfold in a message posted at
12:50 p.m. March 22 to an online support group for problem drinkers. Poster
"Larry" recounted how three years ago, overcome by a bitter custody dispute
with his ex-wife, he had set fire to his home in Bowman, North Dakota and
trapped his 5-year-old daughter inside!
"The conflict was tearing me apart, and the next night I let her watch the
videos she loved all evening, and when she was asleep I got wickedly drunk,
set our house on fire, went to bed, listened to her scream twice, climbed
out the window and set about putting on a show of shock, surprise and grief
to remove culpability from myself... Dammit, part of that show was climbing
in her window and grabbing her pajamas, then hearing her breathe and
dropping her where she was so she could die and rid me of her mother's
Harmon writes: "While some members of the support group were appalled by
Larry's account, others rushed to his defense, trying to assure him that he
was experiencing a fantasy driven by guilt over his divorce. Others tried to
comfort him by telling him that the crime was long past."
There was a surprising lack of reaction to the shocking online confession.
"Can we please talk about drinking? I need your help here," read a post one
week into the "Larry" thread, reports Harmon.
The Moderation Management e-list is ground zero in the TIMES expose.
Larry Froistad, a 29-year-old computer programmer in San Diego, has since
confessed to authorities.
FOOTNOTE: A growing number of men are losing their friends, jobs, and
sometimes all touch with reality through an addiction to the Internet, an
Italian psychiatrist warned Wednesday. Tonino Cantelmi, University of Rome,
told a conference he has studied 24 cases of certifiable "Internet Addiction
Disorder" [IAD], a condition with symptoms of spending up to 10 hours online
[Only 10 hours?] and a physical fallout of uncontrollable shaking hands.
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DON'T KNOW, I KNOW
Q Any closer to a press conference?
MCCURRY: I don't know. Maybe, maybe not. Who knows?
Q Well, who does know? Do you know?
MCCURRY: I don't know, and I don't know that anyone knows.
Q Why doesn't he hold a press conference and answer the question that he
promised once he would answer for the American people.
MCCURRY: Which one?
Q About the scandal. These are legitimate questions, and the American people
have a right to the answer. At an appropriate time I will give them.
MCCURRY: I've forgotten what the questions are by now.
Q What was his relationship with Monica Lewinsky?
Q We can remind him.
MCCURRY: I'm sure that if you want to ask that, that you will receive the
answer that he's already given you. He's told you what the relationship was
Q What was it, though?
Q Mike, seriously, does the President not want to hold a news conference? Is
MCCURRY: The President, just about every day this week, has been taking
questions from you. I think he -- he had what amounted to a mini-press
Q It's not a formal news conference, and you know it.
MCCURRY: You like the East -- you like being in the East Room where you guys
all get to stand up and be on TV --
A little humid at Wednesday afternoon's White House press briefing by Mike
"I'm not going to work at Princeton" McCurry.
But the fact remained, President Clinton has not held a full-blown since
"News conferences are indispensable," wrote UPI wire queen Helen Thomas in
her "Backstairs at the White House" column last weekend. "They are the only
forum where a president can be quizzed and held accountable for his policies
President Nixon did not hold a press conference for a period of 5 months
during Watergate, Reagan also avoided media during Iran-Contra and...
Wait! Hold the comparisons!
AP NEWSALERT turns AP NEWSBERSERK:
President Clinton will hold a news conference tomorrow, 2 PM ...
The White House announces the news conference just minutes before the first
broadcast report that Judge Johnson ruled there was no immunity agreement in
effect between Monica Lewinsky and Prosecutor Starr's office. Coincidence.
[No leak for a weak. Judge Johnson issued a written order more than a week
ago to prosecutors and defense lawyers rejecting Lewinsky's claim, published
reports suggest on Thursday. CNNUN reports that Lewinsky's Ginsburg was
notified informally two weeks ago. LOS ANGELES TIMES is reporting that
Ginsburg may have already filed an appeal of Johnson's ruling. Whatever.]
White House officials stressed that the decision to hold a news conference
had "nothing whatsoever" to do with the judge's ruling on the Lewinsky
matter or a late CBS NEWS report that a Washington grand jury will probably
indict Webster Hubbell by the end of this week, perhaps as early as tomorrow.
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A team of US scientists at Bowling Green University in Ohio are set to
announce that they have discovered a form of laughter among rats!
The ability to laugh is something previously thought possible only in human
beings and animals like chimps.
Jaak Panksepp and Jeffrey Burgdorf reveal -- in a study to be published in
the NEW SCIENTIST -- that rats laugh when tickled, producing a sharp and
brief whistling sound inaudible to humans.
"We'd be surprised if rats have a sense of humor, but they clearly have a
sense of fun," Panksepp tells the journal.
I can vouch for that.
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